Community Outreach
Thursday, January 11th, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm

The perfect setting for this workshop is the beautiful landscape of the Morikami Museum and Gardens. The festival returns for the 12th year to explore this poetic form with Yaddyra Peralta, who will lead participants to be inspired by the form and their surroundings. Participants will learn the basics of the Japanese literary form of haiku and haibun, a combination of prose and haiku. Participants will look at a brief history of the haibun and examine various examples, with a focus on the work of haiku master Kobyahsi Issa whose work is known both for its humanism and its sense … Read more >

Monday, January 1st, 2018 - Thursday, March 15th, 2018

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to submit an original poem inspired by the LOOKING GLASS Exhibition at Old School Square’s Cornell Museum at Old School Square! Five cash prizes and five honorable mentions will be selected by contest judge, Stephen Gibson. First Prize: $100.00; Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Prizes: 4 awards of $25.00 each; Five Honorable Mentions. Entries that win cash prizes and honorable mention will be published online and announced in press releases. The works in the Looking Glass exhibition delve into ways in which visual artists approach ideas of reflection and perception. The unique artworks on … Read more >

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival Alzheimer’s Poetry Project: Holiday Poetry Reading and Sing Along. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites you to join us at this beautiful assisted living facility to read your favorite holiday poems and sing holiday songs to an enthusiastic audience of residents. All ages are welcome.     Read more >

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Participants, please bring 4 single page poems (they may be your own poems, or your favorite poets) to read around the circle as we pass the mic. Non-poets are welcome to join us, we love and audience! Read more >

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Participants welcome, please bring four single-page poems (they may be your own poems, or your favorite poets) to read around the circle. Non-poets are welcome to join us, we love and audience! Read more >

Sunday, October 1st, 2017 - Friday, December 1st, 2017

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival invites all Palm Beach County High School Students to send in one original poem. The winner will receive $200 and a pair of tickets to the Friday night Reading Event featuring Elizabeth Acevedo and Aja Monet The four runners up will each receive $100 and a pair of tickets to Friday night Reading Event All winners receive a one-year subscription to Poets and Writers Literary Journal All of the prize-winning poems will be posted on the festival website: and will be included in press releases Prize winners will be invited to participate in exclusive … Read more >

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 3:30pm - 6:30pm

The public is invited to participate in what could be the largest poetry reading in history. The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is hosting this annual open-mic event in partnership with 100 Thousand Poets for Change. This global happening will be taking place at the same time in over 1,000 venues in 118 countries. Poets will read and perform work to promote social, political, environmental sustainability, and change, simultaneously across the planet. Attendees are welcome to read their own work or favorite poems by other poets. Between poetry readings, special guest musicians will play songs for peace. Attendees are welcome to play … Read more >

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm

We hope you will join us for our eleventh year of this much loved and well-attended quarterly event at Green Cay Wetlands. We will spend a lovely afternoon reading poetry round-robin style in the Green Cay Club House Community Room. Please bring up to four poems (favorites, or your own) to share with the group. Please be prompt as we will start to read at 12:30. Feel free to invite guests, we love an audience! The room can be very cool, please bring a wrap, sweater or jacket for your comfort. Read more >

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am

Save the Date to join us in spreading the love of poetry in summertime, and the living is easy reading at Sunrise Assisted Living Facility. Our poetry troupe will take to the mic to read poems of summer and, if the mood strikes, sing happy songs of yesteryear. Please bring 5 (one-page) poems, your own or your favorites. Feel free to sing some golden oldie songs as this group responds to the lyrics and poetry of music! Sunrise always has a large audience to welcome us, so join us for this rewarding experience. This event will be held in the furthest building to the right of the … Read more >

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm

From Academy Award® winning writer/director Jane Campion (Best Original Screenplay, The Piano, 1993) comes an film based on the true story of love between renowned poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw, The International) and his spirited muse Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish, Stop-Loss). In the wilds of 19th century England, a forbidden passion draws the two lovers ever closer—even as fate conspires to tear them apart. Bright Star takes you to a world where, though life may be fleeting, great art – and great love – last forever. Hosted by Professor Bonnie Bonincontri   Bonnie Bonincontri is an assistant professor teaching writing in … Read more >